Caring for Delicate, Sensitive Skin

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Does your skin break out when you try a new product? Is a regular face scrub leaving your face red, irritated and tender? Sounds like you have sensitive skin.

When the skin is sensitive, it will react to certain chemicals, causing breakouts, inflammation, and other skin issues. To avoid a flare-up and restore the natural smoothness of the skin, consider these beauty and care tips for delicate, sensitive skin:

Patch Testing

If you have sensitive skin, trying out different beauty products is a struggle. To minimize breakouts and skin flare-ups, make it a habit of doing patch testing at all times. Start by applying the product on a small patch of skin, like behind the ears. Leave the product on for at least 24 hours and look for signs of irritation. If your skin is hypersensitive, the spot should turn red, become itchy or inflamed. If there’s no sign of irritation, go for another round of patch testing, this time next to your eye. If the skin does not exhibit signs of irritation after 24 hours, it’s safe to use the product.

Be Cautious of Hypoallergenic Products

Here’s a shocker, not all hypoallergenic products are ideal for sensitive skin. In fact, some of these products can cause skin irritation! Why?

There are no federal standards that mandate the word ‘hypoallergenic.” This means a hypoallergenic product is  not automatically safe for people with sensitive skin. To make sure if a product is indeed safe to use, always do patch testing first. This is the only way to know for sure if a certain beauty product is safe for your skin.

Hydration is a Must

Sensitive skin is more vulnerable to the harsh elements so keep your skin protected by slathering a mild moisturizer. A good moisturizer will create a protective barrier between the skin and the elements. The formula helps retain moisture and prevents moisture loss. The moisturizer will hydrate the skin and neutralize the effects of environmental stressors such as pollution and UV rays.

Always Read the Labels

Arm yourself with information! If you want to achieve healthy, clear skin then you have to know what ingredients aggravate your condition. Research what chemicals can cause skin irritation and read the labels carefully. Do this every time you are trying a new product for the first time.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin care products with less than 10 ingredients are ideal for sensitive skin. The shorter the list of ingredients, the better it is for your skin! Very complex formulas tend to be full of skin irritants.

Proper Cleansing

Never tug or rub the skin too hard especially if you have reactive skin. Wash your face with ultra-mild, sulfate-free cleansers. Go for skin care products that are made specifically for sensitive skin. This way, you don’t have to scrub the skin too hard to remove grime. If you’re applying any liquid skin or cosmetic products, blot the product and never rub it in. The less stressed the skin is, the lesser the likelihood of a flare-up.

Protect the Skin

Sensitive skin is extra vulnerable to ultraviolet rays so don’t forget to slather sunblock on the face and body before heading out. We recommend a sunblock with an SPF of 50 and above. Sunblock with high SPF will protect the skin from free radicals and ultraviolet rays. Go for sunscreen formulated with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These chemicals are suitable for sensitive skin.

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